Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access
La Jolla Country Day School
Location: La Jolla, California
Type: Full Time
La Jolla Country Day School is seeking a full-time transformational leader to serve as director of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. This position represents an opportunity to deepen LJCDS’s commitment to advance equity and inclusion practices and policies for our community, but in particular, for our students.
This individual will report to the head of school and serve on the senior leadership team. They will be equipped with the time, resources, vision, and institutional support to ensure that LJCDS is a world-class organization in terms of (1) educating students, using the history of racism in our country as a foundation to gain an appreciation and perspective of the work we need to do in order to have greater equity, inclusion, justice, and anti-oppression; (2) recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse group of students and employees.
What you will do:
Lead organizational change
Assume a leadership role for building, fostering, and promoting a culture centered around LJCDS values with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, anti-oppression, anti-discrimination, restoration, reconciliation, and accessibility in our community.
Lead the implementation of restorative practices and interventions to advance restorative justice and healing within our community.
Oversee, organize and facilitate the work of DEI coordinators in all three divisions.
Develop a curriculum that reveals how a culture of racism was manifested in the U.S. following the reconstruction period after the Civil War.
Help foster a culture where students can explore a range of perspectives within an environment that norms open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.
Review LJCDS policies and practices related to employment, discipline, inclusive language, etc., to eliminate any inequities, and work with administrators to hold students and faculty accountable to equitable policies.
Review and design curriculum and school celebrations/events/speakers/etc., to ensure that all LJCDS students think deeply about how racism and inequalities are manifested in our society.
Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of DEI programs as well as organizational needs and make recommendations for revisions and improvement to the programs, initiatives, and strategies as required to reinforce an inclusive community.
Partner with other leaders and community members
Serve as the staff liaison on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Guide members of the school community to make culturally competent decisions that best reflect the school’s mission, promise and core values.
Support the various DEI-related groups on campus, e.g., student affinity/alliance groups, student heritage clubs, parent heritage groups, with an eye toward creating new groups where there is a desire and need.
Work in partnership with the office of service-learning and the Center for Excellence in Citizenship to strengthen relationships with greater San Diego community organizations that serve underrepresented populations.
Collaborate with regional DEI directors to promote joint efforts in student programming.
Partner with the marketing and communication team on effective internal and external communications surrounding the school’s DEI initiatives and progress, and ensure DEI perspectives are advanced through various communication channels.
Be involved in the student recruitment, admission and retention process to ensure that LJCDS enjoys the benefits of a diverse student body while safeguarding our students and faculty of color.
Be involved in the hiring process of prospective employees to ensure that (1) LJCDS enjoys the benefits of a diverse workforce, and (2) faculty and staff have the ability and will to model and teach an anti-oppressive approach to all job responsibilities and use inclusive language.
Essential Requirements and Qualifications:
Experience in a role that promotes and supports diversity, equity and inclusivity. The ideal candidate will have this experience in the field of education.
Highly collaborative leader with demonstrated ability to lead and inspire people from a multitude of backgrounds and perspectives
Experience in strategic planning and an ability to gather and utilize data and adjust accordingly
Experience creating and facilitating leadership workshops and professional development sessions related to DEI
Experience creating and adapting curriculum to ensure it aligns with standards of DEI
A transparent approach coupled with the tact and communication skills necessary to build and sustain diverse relationships with internal and external constituencies
Experience working with and conversing with youth (Grades PreK–12) in a school setting surrounding issues of DEI
Experience and previous training as a restorative justice practitioner
Master’s Degree preferred
5-7 years of experience related to developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. An appropriate combination of leadership, education, training, coursework, and experience may qualify a candidate.
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, and strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, empathy, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
To be considered, submit your (1) current CV/resume and (2) cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this opportunity.
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.